Downtown wineries partner with Seattle chef for multi-location dinner


Three Walla Walla wineries and one Seattle chef will partner for an unusual downtown dinner this weekend.

Urban Crush, an Alley Dinner, will start Saturday at one tasting room and lead participants through two more before ending with a dinner prepared by chef Matthew Dillon.

Dillon is the owner of Capital Hill’s Sitka & Spruce and Bar Ferd’nand, the Corson Building in Seattle’s industrial Georgetown neighorhood, the Old Chaser Farm on Vashon Island, and the newly opened Bar Sajor in Pioneer Square. He was a 2012 James Beard Foundation winner, named Best Chef Northwest.

The roughly $155-per-perons event begins at Trust Cellars at 5 p.m. Dillon will prepare appetizers that pair with Trust wines. Participants will then move to Mark Ryan Winery, where they will taste more appetizers and wine. They’ll eventually end at DaMa, where the last round of appetizers will be served before dinner in the alley.

“As downtown tasting rooms DaMa, Trust and Mark Ryan wanted to create an event that would focus on what we have to offer within our surrounding environment,” said DaMa owner Mary Derby in the announcement. “An Alleyway dinner seemed just the sort of experience that fit into our ‘think outside the box’ mentality. It’s urban, unique and ultimately will be a beautiful setting with an edge that has not been done here in Walla Walla.”

Live music — a violin and accordion duo from Whitman College — will complete the picture. Tickets are available here.


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